Cisco UCS B-Series Review

Fast configuration, high availability, priced fair, and user friendly

What is our primary use case?

We use the solution for a server.

What is most valuable?

Some of the features I like from this solution are it has a fast configuration, it is not complex, and has high availability. 

What needs improvement?

A long while ago something went wrong with the solution and we had to back-up to the cluster, some stability issues could be improved.

For future improvements, it would be a benefit if the solution could integrate better with products such as Oracle. I recently worked at a company in Cambodia where we were using Oracle, we were having some difficulties with applying the licensing between the solutions.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for approximately two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Over time the solution became more unstable. This is why I planned for a hyper-converged HyperFlex Infrastructure. Hopefully, this will reduce the percentage the server consumes and an overall performance improvement.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have an internal team that does the support for the solution.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was not complex, there was nothing standing out to me that was difficult.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price of this solution compared to others is fair.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have been evaluating Cisco HyperFlex which we will be upgrading soon. I compared the two on and downloaded the reports, it is better. There is a current need to choose this upgrade and my team will get on it soon.

What other advice do I have?

I wanted to try out Cisco products because most of the big industries use them such as banks, IT, and telecommunications. Cisco itself produced the server and at the time I researched more about Cisco and then I want to try it. This is why I invested in a tool from Cisco. Additionally, I plan to implement level IP2, HyperFlex soon.

I would recommend this solution for the financial sector and big industry enterprise companies that can invest with Cisco long-term. The scalability, high availability, and security all combined is a good offering.

I rate Cisco UCS B-Series a nine out of ten.

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**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator
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